Commentary

School closings can hit rural communities hard — without any benefit | Opinion

Often schools close out of a belief that taking this step will save money and help students. Whether or not those benefits materialize, there are downsides for the locals.

8 things you didn’t know about Philly’s new police chief | Opinion

Generally, historically and presently speaking, Black women who have provided the antidote to what white men have poisoned.

More and more states are moving away from the death penalty. What’s Pa.’s excuse?...

Racist. Biased. And broken. It's time to get rid of capital punishment entirely

This is what happens when community college is made free | Opinion

Free community college increases the number of people graduating with associate degrees, but it would also likely decrease the number of people completing bachelor’s degrees.

Pa.’s Shapiro, Dem AGs condemn GOP lawsuit trying to block ERA ratification | Wednesday...

'It’s 2020, not 1920,' Dem AGs said of the lawsuit, which was filed when Virginia was poised to become the last state needed for ratification.

Universal coverage, single-payer, ‘Medicare for All’: What does it all mean for you? |...

The U.S. has been trying to reform its health care system since 1993. It's one of the biggest and most complicated issues of the presidential campaign.

Trump’s economy hasn’t lifted all boats. Will that matter in Pa. in 2020? |...

A new study offers a glimpse of hope for Democrats that they can take back Pennsylvania in the 2020 presidential race. A Stateline.org analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 25 counties in Pennsylvania...

How Pittsburgh is turning a post-industrial wilderness into a park | Tuesday Morning Coffee

Hays Woods was once used for mining and munitions. City officials will spend the next decade turning it into a 'living laboratory,' report.

The crisis no one wants to discuss: What to do when a loved one...

It's never easy to learn that a loved one has serious health issues. But having an idea of options once the shock dissipates can ease the burden.

Are we about to blunder into war in Iran? Some points to ponder |...

Every leader of the KGB was just as bad as Soleimani during the Cold War, but we didn’t assassinate them for a good reason.